USA: Project promoter M-1 Rail Corp selected Stacy & Witbeck as construction manager and general contractor for the M-1 light rail project in Detroit, it was announced on July 31. The company beat four other bidders.

Also known as the Woodward Avenue Streetcar, the 5·3 km line would run along Woodward Avenue from Larned Street to East Grand Boulevard with 11 stops.

The cost of construction is estimated at between $135m and $145m. In January the then Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a $25m Tiger grant for the project.

Groundbreaking is scheduled in the next few months, with opening due in late 2015. M-1 Rail Corp has said catenary-free operation is being considered.